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From the Armed Services


- Army Pfc. Curtis W. Squires, son of Bill Squires of Streamwood, and Cindy Squires, Ottawa, Ill., participated in an exercise termed Determined Promise '04 directed by the U.S. Northern Command headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Determined Promise is a civil support exercise designed to test the command's responses to terrorist attacks on national, state and local levels. The exercise also tested the U.S. Northern Command units' abilities to assist civil and federal authorities in a coordinated response to simulated chemical, radiological, and explosive hazards that were conducted in Virginia and California.

In Virginia, the exercise involved federal, state and local teams as well as those in the private sector. The exercise tested Virginia's emergency managers' and first responders' ability to handle more than 12,000 deaths and 62,000 serious injuries arising from simultaneous simulated "terrorist" attacks.

Squires is a public affairs specialist assigned to the 49th Public Affairs Detachment, Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, N.C. The private is a 2003 graduate of Ottawa Township High School.

- Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert S. Spejcher, son of Cindy and Steve Spejcher of Streamwood, recently returned from a seven- month deployment to Afghanistan, the Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea while assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, homebased at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

During its time in Afghanistan Spejcher's unit confiscated and destroyed over 10,000 pieces of ordinance, explosives and weapons, helped register 58,000 Afghan citizens to vote, treated over 2,000 medical and dental patients and conducted more than a dozen major combat offensives in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Spejcher's unit is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment.

MEUs are built around a reinforced infantry battalion, a combat service support element, a reinforced helicopter squadron and a command element. With its complement of fully integrated air and ground forces, the unit is ready to conduct real-world operations including boat raids, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel, noncombatant evacuation operations and humanitarian assistance operations.

Spejcher is a 2001 graduate of Streamwood High School and joined the Navy in July 2001.

- Marine Corps Lance Cpl.

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